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2012 KTM 450XC-W Test 

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we continue the march through the ’12 KTM and this time it is the venerable 450 model. Why so much KTM on Enduro360 you Because it is the only thing I can get now.

Try as I may, other seem very scarce to me now.

When I say venerable, I am as much about the class as the When it comes to off road bikes, 450’s are king. smaller could leave you more and most bigger bring a larger feel out-weighs the difference on the scales. are the “it” bike of the generation.

As a if you don’t have a great then you are just another in the crowd.

KTM practically invented the They certainly dominated it for years. Heck a brand new 450xc would probably well in a class shootout It was the best bike then and the has not advanced much in the meanwhile. KTM did struggle for a couple of years

Not to dwell on the 2008 and newer but when KTM wouldn’t race own xc-w off road line up, was more telling than else.

So would it be a surprise to if they came out swinging a vengeance in 2012? Unless you been living under a you probably already know this is a completely new machine. is a quick review of the specs:

All new single cam motor with oil

Keihin fuel injection

All new clutch with Brembo

Six speed transmission

Electric and start

All new PDS frame

WP 48mm chamber fork

9.5 litre tank

Those of course are just the highlights. For a full take a look at:


The very first impression of the new is the size. It is small. It appears and very purposeful. As with all it looks completely ready to go.

looking around for things need to be changed or added and not comes to mind. Handguards, grips and even the tires are all up to the A plastic skid plate the Hard Equipment catalog is the only thing missing.

all the EFI bikes, it fires up quickly. The note is nice and quiet. I headed out to the local enduro the 450 through sound test at

That is probably not an absolutely measurement, never the less the is very quiet.

The first of riding is an experience of absorbing all the impressions. The throttle pull on the EFI is ultra light. It might a couple of rides to become to.

The hydraulic clutch pull is light. The transmission shifts One of my testers complained of a little but it wasn’t really noticeable to me.

The whole bike feels and light.

The immediate reaction to the is all positive. I think of it as having a personality. Whatever the task, it suited to the occasion.

It is just as to plunk along on the trail as it is in race mode. It will along, but it will also rev and power all the way to rev limiter. Engine is quick with the fuel

There is great connection the throttle and the rear wheel.

I was ready to really unleash the some, I ran into a different As I have mentioned before, the suspension settings are just way too for me. The fork is a particular challenge. I had a of scary moments out in the desert on it off.

On certain low speed such as a G-out, it can quickly through the travel. Yet, as I was set on racing the 450, I went to to see if I could improve the set up with some basic adjustments.

I went stiffer on all the settings, preload and compression to the open fork. I only made progress. Next, I added to the oil height and that made a change. Now the bottoming resistance was for moderate racing. Overall it was a set up that did make the bike a harsh on high speed but safe enough to race.

Obviously stiffer springs are the solution.

In the rear, I had to add a couple of of preload to the shock to get it rideable for my weight. Along with compression, I also had to slow the rebound to account for the extra tension on the spring. Again, I now had a set up I could race.

I knew the height and balance were a little off. The extra dampening would cause the to pack up in some situations, but it hamper me very much.

To my race preparations I added my two preference items; the Flexx and Fastway steering

Bullet Designs swingarm guard

The only other addition was the Proof Designs chain protector. The mounting tabs for the swingarm are fragile and benefit the added bracing.

If you look you will find this on the factory off-road race

The next race on the schedule was the 37 Training Wheels enduro. I had riding the 350xc-f for the first of the season, so it was going to be interesting to see how the compared in race conditions. I be faster or slower?

As it turned I finished the day just right I normally do, just a bit behind the fast guys. The results had me at 7th A good day and the bike was a joy to ride.

time out at the RHR enduro I came in 5th Had I not burned a check I could been looking at finishing a of spots better.

In race conditions, it is thumbs up all The added torque of the 450 makes of the more difficult sections to ride. It isn’t really any than the 350XC-F, but does so less work. The 350XC-F gets the nod for razor like It practically encourages recklessness, as it gets completely out of control.

they are almost a wash, having strong points.  I have to go with the 450 for the simple that it is less tiring to

Keep in mind that I am about racing the 450xc-w in condition, putting out under 90 I suspect that with very mild tuning, is far more performance waiting to out of the single cam motor. This IS the motor.

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I hear that on factory SX bike has it up over 60

About this point in my the little bell started off in my brain. If you follow my blog you know what a fan I am of the RFS bikes. I some will argue, but have been such all purpose motorcycles, that I clung to them.

Every I test a new bike I have one premise, will this be the Is this going to be the bike makes me forget about the KTM’s in my garage? It sounds a simple enough goal. Yet one is too racy, one is too heavy, one will not enough fuel and the list on.

You can understand the logic. Why leave a bike for one that isn’t better on all accounts?

The scorecard for the 450xc-w is looking very

Motor strong and fun for any type of

Nice handling chassis latest version of PDS shock

fuel mileage, 45mpg riding, 100 mile stock

Oversize fuel tank, no

200 watt stator provides of power for lights and accessories

six speed transmission, no gaps

stock lighting for trail easy to upgrade

Stock runs cool

Good with odo, speed, meter, trip meter

to dual sport, or better yet buy the street legal EXC version

As you can there are not many things on the wish list. For longer riding, I would probably a tank and a better seat. As any KTM, you know there be plenty of aftermarket support for the KTM’s entire full bike line will be around this new motor, XC-F, XC-W and EXC, so I they have lots of in it.

Let’s hope it earns a for quality to match the RFS predecessors.

are a couple of other topics I would like to talk

EFI Fuel Mapping- the stock ECU has a program. That is to say, the box is and does not have access to the programs like the XC-F do. This is to meet new regulations for sticker bikes. There be plenty of aftermarket ways to use fuel mapping.

In my experience so far, I have the 350, 450 and 500. All of these run very well in the stock For most riders I do not see much to change the mapping.

Fuel Issues – There is lots of online about fuel problems, presumably arising clogged filters or injectors. to date I have logged to 80 hours on KTM FI bikes. I have had no with fuel delivery, or else for that matter.

My was spread over four bikes, with the 2011 racking up the most hours.

So you have it. As for testing so far, I to give the 2012 KTM 450XC-W top I suspect everyone else in the is going to be playing catch up for the couple of years.

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